My Mom’s Weird Manny Pacquiao Advice

Have you ever felt overwhelmed because you wanted to do so many things? Everyone is telling you to focus, to find your path in life, and you’re just there at the intersection of everything, and you don’t know which way to go.

I’ve been the eternal Ja of all trades, which is actually the title of a write up about me in Junior Inquirer back when I was in high school. Years later, I’m still that way. For the writer of that piece and for some people, a Jack of all trades is a compliment, that is until you get to the other half, master of none.

I told my mother about this several times, and she often says, “You’re not a Jack of all trades, you’re a Renaissance woman.”

This time she had a different approach.

She said, “Look at Manny Pacquiao, he’s a great boxer, but he didn’t stop at that, he’s also a singer, an actor, a host of a TV show, and a congressman.”

“Ma!” I said, “But he sucks at everything else except boxing.”

Mom said, “Does he care? He just does it because he likes it. He’s very very good at boxing anyway. That’s what you should do too. Do everything, and it doesn’t matter if you suck or not. Then, you’ll also find that one thing that you’re really good at.”

Sometimes my mom is too smart to be true.

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